Bill Cosby’s Lawyers Claim Accuser Violated Confidential Settlement Agreement

Bill Cosby-Andrea Constand Legal Dispute: Cosby's
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Attorneys for Bill Cosby say a magistrate judge should resolve their claim that a woman who once accused the entertainer of sexual assault breached a 2006 confidential settlement agreement.

In a filing in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Thursday, the attorneys say Andrea Constand, who is accusing Cosby of sexual assault, and her attorneys failed to prevent their court reporter from releasing Cosby’s deposition in the case. The New York Times and the Associated Press obtained the deposition over the weekend, in which Cosby describes extramarital encounters.

His legal team has pushed back against some of the reporting on the case, noting that even though Cosby admitted that he got Quaaludes to give to some women before sexual encounters, he did not confess to doing so without their consent.

One of Cosby’s attorneys, Patrick O’Connor, wrote in a court brief that “far from using their ‘best efforts’ to ensure compliance with the confidentiality provisions, plaintiff and her counsel appear to have made no effort whatsoever.” Although Cosby’s attorneys have said that Constand should be sanctioned, they did not do so in their latest motion, which argues that Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter should resolve the dispute.

His attorneys also are asking that the court reject Constand’s request to unseal the settlement agreement.

Cosby’s legal team also contends that Constand has violated a provision restricting comments on the litigation. Constand entered into the settlement agreement in 2006 after filing a civil suit against Cosby a year earlier.

In a letter to another of Cosby’s attorneys, Constand’s attorney Dolores Troiani wrote that they had nothing to do with the release of the deposition, and that the court reporter, George Wolfe, relied upon his belief that it was a public record that had been unsealed by the court. She cited Judge Eduardo Robreno’s opinion, issued earlier this month when he unsealed documents that included excerpts of the deposition, that Cosby had diminished his right to privacy by joining the debate about the merits of the allegations against him.

Constand’s legal team has accused Cosby and his representatives of violating the confidentiality agreement, including a statement in which they claimed that allegations of his accusers had been “discredited.” They are seeking injunctive relief and other sanctions.

Troiani wrote that they do not object to the release of Constand’s deposition.

Troiani wrote in her letter that “we could spend the next ten years pointing fingers at one another.” She also said they “are open to a civil and courteous discussion about amending the settlement agreement in light of recent events.”

More than two dozen women have accused Cosby. He has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime.

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  1. Kelly says:

    I thought it was Cosby’s lawyers who claimed all the women were filthy liars who just wanted money. No wonder no one likes lawyers.

  2. Bill B. says:

    I doubt legally going after one of his victims would benefit him in any way. He still did what he did to her and doing more to her isn’t going to go over well with most of the public.

  3. Are any settlements worth anything after this? Some people are tearing down U.S. laws in order to lynch the legacy of Bill Cosby. Are they cutting off their noses to spite their faces? What about the hundreds of thousands legal settlements that other U.S. citizens have? Are their settlements worth the paper they are written on?

  4. Ciley says:

    If he admits to buying 7 pills for giving them to women before sex.. I would ask him who those women are that consented to that type of sex and WHERE they are.. can any of these women come forward please?

    • We are know that there are many sexual appetites that women participate in with people of power. They consent to having sex with multiple partners, taking drugs, … the list goes on and on.

  5. Ciley says:

    HELLO.. 1 B.I.G. question..: If Billy says he gave women the qualoodes IN consent, meaning that they knew they were going to take a pill from Bill, wouldn’t they be defending him right now? Saying “We loved that sex with Bill where he gave us pills and we later didn’t remember anything.. the only thing we DO remember is that it was consensual… the pill taking of course..”… WHERE are those women???

  6. Chris says:

    He and his lawyers have handled this horribly from day one. Stonewall, deny, call the women liars, opportunists, etc. They are fooling no one with this nit picking. I wish Cosby would just jump into a volcano.

  7. Jimmy Green says:

    Come on out Bill, where ever you are and quit hiding behind your lawyers. The truth probably won’t set you free, but who in the hell cares?

  8. Jacques Strappe says:

    Yeah, whatever. Cosby violated 40 plus young women and girls so lets call it even.

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